Minnesota United forward Mason Toye has been suspended an additional game to go along with an undisclosed fine by the MLS Disciplinary Committee for spitting on FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon late in a game Saturday at Toyota Stadium, the league announced Wednesday afternoon.
Toye was send off on a straight red card in an incident that occurred after Brandon Servania’s stoppage-time goal.
In a video released by the league, Toye can be seen spitting. A moment later Cannon takes off his jersey to wipe it on the ground before putting it back on. He was given a yellow card for removing his jersey.
After the game, Toye issued an apology for what he called “distasteful and inexcusable” actions.
The disciplinary committee also fined the Seattle Sounders and coach Brian Schmetzer for violating the league’s mass confrontation policy during the 88th minute of their match Aug. 10 against the New England Revolution. It was the Sounders’ third violation this season.
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I want to apologize to MNUFC, our fans, the MLS, and most importantly Reggie Cannon and FC Dallas. My actions last night were distasteful and inexcusable, and there is no place for it in the game of soccer. Although it may not look like it, I had no intention of spitting on any player. However, I did spit and it did hit a player and because of that I will have to face the repercussions. It was a really stupid mistake and its one that I will most definitely learn from. Again, I am extremely sorry for my actions and hope for your forgiveness. Sincerely, Mason Toye